Learning Bridge Program Information Page

#1 - Book Of Stuff To Do Outdoors (try it around your neighborhood)
#2 - Eat Smart, Play Hard, Healthy Lifestyles (activity sheets, comics, ect.)
#3 - BackPack-to-School sign-up
#4 - Summer Reading Programs at your Local Library (plus events)
#5 - Go To The Museum Free calendar
#6 - 100 Places To-Go in the South Sound
#7 - Volunteer at the Park
#1 Summer Meals (NE Tacoma Elementary, Meeker, Norman Center)
#2 Parent Help 123
#3 Learning At Home
#1 Kids Summer Stage (Wed 7/18 - The Magic of Louie Foxx)
#2 Pioneer Days Festival (Sat 7/21)

ACTIVITY #1 - Go to the following web-site to download a great resource from
Discover the or check out the site itself for additional project and information.

ACTIVITY #2 - Eat Smart, Play Hard, Healthy Lifestyles

This website has some great activity sheets, bookmarks, comics & stickers.
Check-it-out: Healthy Kids
ACTIVITY #3 - Get signed-up for the BackPack-to-School event to be held August 25th from 10am to 2pm at Life Center 1717 S Union Tacoma 98405. This resource fair includes free backpacks, school supplies, haircuts while having fun on inflatables, getting your face painted and enjoying games. Pre-registration is required and can be done online HERE.

ACTIVITY #4 - Library Reading Programs 
Why need earn things while you read this summer. Also check out the cool programs that are free at our local libraries:

Tacoma Public Libraries - Click HERE to go to their site.
Sign-up for TPL Reading Programs (Readers of ALL ages including Adults) Click HERE for program details.
Here are just some of the upcoming events...
Kobetich Library (Registration May Be Required)
212 Browns Point Blvd NE
Tacoma, WA 98422
Saturday, June 16 @ 1 p.m.
Mario Lorenz
Tuesday, June 19 @ 1 p.m.
PajamaRama Preschool Dance Party
Tuesday, June 26 @ 4 p.m.
Angry Bird: LIVE!
Saturday, July 7 @ 3 p.m.
Alex Zerbe
Tuesday, July 10 @ 3 p.m.
Steven’s Puppets:
The Wizard of Oz
Wednesday, July 18 @ 4 p.m.
Storytime and Craft:
Monsters *
Wednesday, July 25 @ 4 p.m.
Storytime and Craft:
Spaceships *
Friday, July 27 @ 3 p.m.
The Zambini Brothersin
Stories from Junk Puppet Land
Saturday, July 28 @ 3 p.m.
Jeff Evans, Magician
Wednesday, August 1 @ 12 p.m.
Roberto the Magnificent
Wednesday, August 8 @ 4 p.m.
Storytime and Craft:
Fairytales from Japan & China *
Wednesday, August 15 @ 4 p.m.
Storytime and Craft:
King County Public Libraries (Federal Way Regional)
Click HERE to go to their site and sign-up for KCLS Reading Programs.
Story Telling, Anime Club, Concerts, Puppet Shows... Search their calendar of events
HERE for up-coming programs.
ACTIVITY #5 - Go to a Museum for FREE!
Free First Thursdays:
Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture 10am - 8pm
Henry Art Gallery 11am - 9pm
Museum of Flight 5pm - 9pm
Museum of History & Industry 10am - 8pm
Nordic Heritage Museum 10am - 4pm
NW African American Museum 11am - 7pm
Seattle Art Museum 10am - 9pm (special exhibits may require a surcharge)
Seattle Asian Art Museum 10am - 9pm
Wing Luke Asian Museum 10am - 8pm
Free First Fridays:
Bellevue Arts Museum 11am - 8pm
Free First Saturdays:
Seattle Asian Art Museum 10am - 5pm (check for family day art activities)
Wing Luke Asian Museum 10am - 5pm 
(check for family day art activities)
Free Third Thursdays:
Children's Museum of Tacoma 10am - 7pm
Tacoma Art Museum 5pm - 8pm
Tacoma Museum of Glass 5pm - 8pm
Always Free:
Center for Wooden Boats
Olympic Sculpture Park
#6 100 Places To-Go in the South Sound
Looking for somewhere fun to go with the kids? Here’s a list of more than 100 ideas I’ve written about right here in the South Sound-wowza!
The list is arranged by region, and then alphabetized by city. Thanks to Sounds Fun Mom web site. Click HERE to go to the list.
#7 Volunteer (Metro Parks)
CHIP-IN! for Parks (every consider volunteering)
Got a minute?
In 2010, volunteers for Metro Parks chipped in three million minutes to maintain and care for our parks. Equivalent to 50,000 hours, volunteer time equates to an additional $1 million annually in services that benefit our parks. Whether it is a Boy Scout project, garden club pruning, a park patrol, preserving and grooming a natural open space, or making a one-time contribution at a park clean up, every effort is appreciated. Click HERE for details.
#1 Summer Meals
Click Resource Name for Details Address Phone Distance
Northeast Tacoma Elementary
Open: 6/30/2012 – 8/9/2012
Mon Tue Wed Thu 
Breakfast: 8:45 AM to 9:00 AM
Lunch: 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM
Sponsor: Tacoma Public Schools
Contact: Paul Conger
5412 29th St. NE 
Tacoma WA 98422
  • 253-571-3375
0 miles
Norman Center
Open: 6/25/2012 – 7/19/2012
Mon Tue Wed Thu 
Lunch: 11:15 AM to 12:30 PM
Snack PM: 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Sponsor: Federal Way School District
Contact: Edith Rice or Karen
33250 21st Ave SW 
Federal Way WA 98023
  • 253-945-5556
1 mile
Meeker Middle School
Open: 7/30/2012 – 8/9/2012
Mon Tue Wed Thu 
Breakfast: 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Lunch: 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM
Sponsor: Tacoma Public Schools
Contact: Paul Conger
4402 Nassau Ave NE 
Tacoma WA 98422
  • 253-571-3375
1 mile

The Washington State Summer Meal Program provides free meals and snacks to children and teens during the summer months. All children and teens (18 years old and younger) are eligible for the program. No proof of income, address or citizenship is ever required. For questions about summer meals, call the Family Food Hotline 1-888-4-FOOD-WA (1-888-436-6392), 8am–5:30pm, M-F. This list for summer 2012 is updated regularly. Check back soon for new sites.

Enter your location (mailing address, zip code, or city and state) in the Search box to find the closest summer meal site. Then, click on the meal site to see a map and directions. 

Information about 2012 sites is constantly updated. PLEASE CALL SITES TO CONFIRM MEAL TIMES & LOCATION BEFORE YOU GO.
#2 Parent Help 123, is operated by the statewide non-profit WithinReach, and helps Washington State families find services in their communities and apply for health insurance, food assistance programs and more. The website also provides important health information for pregnant women, children and families. While information about state-benefit programs and local resources is not always easily accessible and eligibility rules can be confusing, and applying difficult- we offer a simple, integrated, family focused path to help. 
Click HERE for details of services including food, medical & other benefits.

#3 Learning @ Home - see what the Superintendent/Parent Advisory Group worked on:



  • Have a family reading time where everyone reads their own book at the same time.
  • Have older children read to the parents/family. Help them put excitement and drama into it.
  • Spend time practicing spelling words in the car.
  • Make cards for holidays and birthdays and have kids write Thank You notes.
  • Write letters to apologize for wrong doings in neighborhood.
  • Try to help them navigate their resources on the web by suggesting ideas of where to look.
  • Have siblings get on line and read to sister and brother about topics of interest.
  • Children can read and follow recipes when cooking with the family.
  • Draw charts for the correct way to do laundry.
  • Use the internet to assist with spelling and looking up words.
  • Read aloud to support learning (even for high school children)
  • Set aside time before bed for reading as part of the routine
  • Talk about characters, plot, and make predictions about what might happen next.


  • When going clothes shopping: give children a budget, let them pick items, add up what they’ve got and make choices about what they can and can’t purchase.
  • Having chores and earning allowance allows children to make decisions on purchases and their value (example—buying used items)
  • Let children help with carpentry projects around the house.  Have them take measurements and determine area and perimeter.
  • Have children help build a fence.
  • Talk about fractions and measurement when cooking.
  • Build with blocks/Lincoln logs
  • Read prices at the grocery store
  • Let children keep track of their bank accounts
  • In the car, talk about miles to school, use scenery to incorporate math (city blocks)
  • Teach children how to following a recipe, doubling the ingredients, start at home to the grocery store (how much do you need?)
  • Baseball is a great way to teach statistics and percentages.
  • Board games teach a variety of math strategies such as counting dice, and money, adding and subtracting, and problem solving strategies. 


  • Have a set routine for doing homework. Follow a homework planner and make sure homework is done before TV time or playing. 
  • Create a calm environment area that is conductive to studying.
  • Provide opportunities for study groups with peers.
  • Designate a quiet homework space that is free from TV.
  • Encourage children to do their work independently to build confidence.
  • Make yourself available to help with homework
  • Have children show you when homework is completed and review daily homework summary sheet
  • Prioritize assignments based on the individual student
  • Offer positive encouragement to complete homework


  • Have a set bed time and routine that allows for enough sleep.
  • Ask specific questions about their favorite classes, least favorite and why. Same for movies-       discuss characters, plot.
  • Provide additional resources such as internet, or library
  • Establish a line of communication to and from school.
  • Have Saturday morning/dinnertime talks.
  • Have older sibling hold a nightly class to teach younger brother or sister what older sibling learned during the day.
  • Get children their own personal library card and create an area for a personal library in their bedroom or study area.           
  • Model behavior that you want to see at home (routines, reading, goal setting, being prepared, etc.)
  • Limit TV, video and or computer time.
  • Check grades on-line with children
  • Show that education is valued and is a priority.
  • Contact child’s teacher when there are questions.
  • Provide consistent, daily, positive involvement and interactions with clear expectations.
  • Spend time talking while going to and from school.
  • Ask “How did you learn today” instead of “What did you learn today?”
  • Check backpacks for important information
  • Eat dinner as a family “great time to learn and know what’s going on with the kids”-fosters good communication
  • Ask open ended questions beginning with “how” and “why”
  • Talk about what you’re thinking when children are around.  Problem solve out loud so children can hear your thinking.
  • Find something the child is interested in and turn it into a learning game.
  • Take a break between school and homework time
  • Leave newspapers, magazines and library books out in the house to model real life connections to reading
  • Read School and classroom newsletters to find out what is going on at school
  • Sign student’s reading log nightly
  • Find out about activities and information that build background knowledge on what they are learning (museum, internet, etc.)
  • Lead by example
  • Get involved with school and district. Build relationships with teachers, principals and administrators.
  • Talk about feelings, contacts, respect for authority
  • Discuss history, religion, politics, news, and current events (why and how they affect us)
  • Music-song lyrics in the radio in the car
  • Maintain constant and consistent communication between separated households as to progress
  • Encourage imaginative play
See full text HERE

#1 Kids Summer Stage An exciting children's outdoor concert series that includes music, puppets, magic and LOADS of fun!  Spraypark and playground located close by - pack your lunch, swimsuit and towels and spend the afternoon at Les Gove Park in Auburn!  In the event of rain, concert will be moved inside Parks Building at Les Gove Park. ALL FREE Click HERE for calendar and directions
#2 Pioneer Days Festival A free family event sponsored by the Job Carr Cabin Museum. Enjoy activities, games, and music while learning about Tacoma’s history. Click HERE for more details.

Enjoy the 4th of JulyClick HERE for 4th of July Learning Activities (Worksheets, coloring pages, connect-a-dots, etc...)


Why should parents, grandparents, faculty/staff and community members join the Northeast Tacoma PTA?
Each member increases the PTA’s ability to assist children.
Decades of research shows that when parents are involved, students perform better in school (higher grades, higher test scores, better school attendance, increased motivation and better self-esteem). These are the benefits that come from parent involvement, which is the major focus of PTA. 

Membership has other great benefits.

The number one benefit of PTA membership is the ability to help the children. Additionally, members receive: 
Exclusive National PTA member benefits, including discounts, special offers, and promotions from national companies ( MetLife Auto & Home, OfficeMax, T-Mobile, AFLAC, Office Depot, Barnes and Noble, Nationwide and Enterprise Rent-A-Car and more!) 
This Week in Washington, an electronic newsletter produced when Congress is in session that explains national legislation affecting families and public education 
Involvement You have a voice in making important decisions that affect our children's education. Every member gains the right to vote at each PTA Regular Meeting.
Enrichment Our NET PTA supports our teachers, parents and community and offers important funding for many programs that enrich the lives of our children through many ways. The PTA at Northeast Tacoma plans to fund the following for the 2011-12 school year: and much, much more!!!! 
A Voice 82% of our dues support the Tacoma, Washington & National PTA. The National PTA, is over 6 million members strong, it's the largest child advocate organization in the nation and gives us a voice in the Washington State Legislature and on Capitol Hill. 
Partnerships We work with members of our community and our teachers to bring fun and rewarding events to our families such as the Northeast Tacoma Community Night, the Annual Back-to-School Ice Cream Social and monthly Family Fun Activities 
Communication Every member of the NET PTA will receive an email full of important upcoming events, along with updates and discussions options at our new Facebook page.
A Difference You have a stake in your child's future and a lasting way to make a difference at NET by helping to build success on our campus.

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